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Gary Krane PhD’s Resume
FUNDRAISING, ORGANIZING, MEDIA, & STRATEGIZING RESUME (abbreviated)
(DavidvGoliath@Gmail.com) 650 383 8435, Cell: 802 380 8880,
New York, NY and as of Jan 28, Texas (willing to relocate)
THUMBNAIL: For more than 40 years, I’ve devoted my life mostly full time, to social justice and
environmental activism and to saving/revitalizing couple relationships as a high donor fundraiser,
investigative PBS filmmaker, book author, strategist, organizer, and social venture entrepreneur.
Below this thumbnail and list of skills is a partial list of my accomplishments.
Ph.D. University of California (Berkeley) Educational Psychology
M.Ed. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Education (with major in Mass Media)
B.A. Reed College (Portland, OR), Psychology
SKILL SUMMARY: References Available on Request
Startup Founder, CEO and Chief Psychologist for CoupleWise.com, a social
venture consumer Internet startup, pioneering the next stage after dating sites:
helping couples stay and grow together. (See first item in work history below
TV Investigative Documentary Producer & Director (14 years producing/ directing/
shooting national award winning PBS-aired TV documentaries; two First place
national awards, plus created the concept and developed the material for
successful TV reality series taken by Disney (without my permission) which ran
for several years.
Development Director/ High Donor/Investor Fundraiser ($1.5MM raised) for
films, book, political and media cause campaigns, my startup, etc: See also
separate detailed Fundraiser Resume.
Strategy & Organizing Consultant: Community, political, and union, including
develop- ment of breakthrough internet technologies to massively expedite growth of
Networking /outreach to advocacy and civic groups, and finding talent for startup
Publicity/PR and Media production; specializing in earned media & creative
Writer & Published author: books, grant proposals, PBS TV documentaries, press
releases, op-eds and essays published by numerous mainstream major market
Research in numerous psychological (couple therapy specialty) and political issue
Chronological Work History:
2006-Dec. 2015 CEO, chief co-founder, and chief psychologist for CoupleWise.com
Conceived the vision, wrote the Business Plan (winner of UC Berkeley Business School startup
competition), developed the alpha, Go-to Market strategy, financial projections and product (cont’d)
requirements a’la customer-driven lean startup methodology, and then over next 4years, recruited
team, raised over $75,000 plus over $200,000 in in-kind services (coding, design, research,
management, marketing, consulting, etc) to produce the beta. Was a finalist in the International
Startup Festival. Valuation now approximately $2.5 MM with $750k funding expected by June
2016. Hoping to become the “Newman’s Own of CoupleCare,” with a radical agenda.
developed vision, Business Plan, alpha, beta, Go-to Market strategy, financial projections and
product requirements a’la customer-driven lean startup with soft launch starting January 2016.
Profitability expected by mid 2016.
2005-2006 Founder and Exec Director, HouseParties.org
Developed new Internet technology to increase civic engagement (enabling houseparties to double
every 2-3 wks). Inkind coding and design: $35,000
2004 Founder and Exec Director Election Protection Project and also Volunteer Organizer on
Kerry Campaign in Florid. Raised $75k to $150k from HINWIs like Anne Getty Earhardt (LA) to
fund an effort to help prevent the 2004 election from being electronically hacked (stolen). Too little,
2001-2005 Founder and Exec Director of FairElections.us (now defunct)
Chief fundraiser and strategist for one of two California based organizations that led the
public education effort to raise awareness about the need for publicly funded elections
(Google me and elections or fair elections) and replacing our corrupt campaign finance
system with a publicly funded system.
As fundraiser and strategist 1) developed high leverage strategy to get MoveOn
involved in exposing electronic vote hacking by raising just $6,000 for FreePress.org/
CASE/Ohio (sponsor) to get Fenton communications (who is big influence on Joan and Wes
Blades) to get NY Times to publish major story on electronic vote stealing in the 2004
election and thereby to get MoveOn involved in this issue, and 2) developed the strategy
and raised $35,000 from a wealthy woman in Des Moines Iowa for a publicly funded
elections education campaign designed to make public funded elections central to the Iowa
Caucus and thereby to the Dem debates there. Alas, the sponsor misappropriated the
1999-2000 Raised $40,000 in emergency funds to save Pacifica Radio Network the last
bastion of progressive major media (via FM, LinkTV and FreeSpeechTV, in at least 6 of the top 10
media markets). Client: MarinHealth Fund /Carol Spooner, lead lawsuit to prevent the hostile
1997-99 Cofounder CoDirector, Teachers Tobacco Divestment Campaign (California).
Chief strategist and organizer of teachers in California to successfully force CAL STRS (2nd
largest pension fund in the US ) to divest from Tobacco. Inkind funds raised: $30,000 (mostly
publicity and strategy consulting) (see next page)
1998-2000 Raised around $50,000 dollars from celebrities and HINWIs to help GreenParty and
Nader in non swing states, e.g. to get the GP on the ballot in Texas (including $35k for full page ad
for Nader in Houston Chronicle which got the GP greatest number of votes ever in a state
Co-wrote with Howard Zinn: Beyond Voting, and an essay of my own, Beyond the Lesser of Two
Evils, to encourage mass movement organizing (Google “Howard Zinn and Gary Krane”).
Awarded (with 3 others) Best Organizer of the “None of the Above Campaign” in California
1997-99 Authored and did publicity for a “benefit” book (Simple Fun For Busy People (Conari
Press/Red Wheelweiser) to help workaholic couples (ie most Americans) with and without kids
have more play and fun together (alternatives to TV) & thereby more real togetherness (google my
name and “fun”); The book's post tax profits went to increase democracy and protect the planet
(see box on back cover). Funds raised from individual, the publisher & book sales: $20,000 cash,
and $30,000 in-kind (press and travel)
1994-99: Exec Director of the FUN(d) Project:
Conceived and Developed material, demo reel, and promotion materials for potential hit new
concept network weekly reality TV series –World’s Best Free Fun (with profits I would control to go
to progressive causes). Offered head producer deal from Funniest Home Videos (Vin Di Bona
productions with ABC/paramount); later Stolen by Disney. In-kind funds raised: $100,000
1976 to 1990 Conceived, produced, raised funds for, wrote, directed, shot, edited, ran publicity,
and distributed (to high schools, grass roots peace groups, and PBS) 13 documentaries (one of
which, “US vs. USSR” won First Place in the American Film Festival, and one, “Losing Control,”
the First Place in the National Film and Video Festival) exposing numerous social ills & offering
solutions to everything from racism, spouse abuse & developer greed, to Pentagon fraud/waste &
inadvertent nuclear war. Funds raised from HINWIs and foundations (Buffet, Castle and Cook,
Hawaii Bicentennial, Rockefeller Family, Ploughshares Fund, Peace Development Fund, Center
for Defense Information, Paul Newman, Martin Sheen, sales of videos, plus in-kind (mostly online
editing and press tours): approx. $1,000,000
Much Earlier But Informative Years:
● 1968-70 organized the first alternative school in the nation for drop out kids, regardless of class,
using the community (Berkeley and Oakland) as the school. I also consulted other alternative
schools that followed. Funds raised (RosenBerg Foundation: $40,000 cash, plus $100,000 in
inkind (teacher-time, office space, printing, etc.)
● 1967-68 Strategizing and Organizing fellow graduate students in the Graduate School of
Education at UC Berkeley to win voting power in all major policy and curriculum decisions
● Volunteering on various GOTV efforts, especially the 1972 McGovern Campaign; volunteering in
Chile in 1971 to help Allende’s agrarian reform revolution